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The Unborn Mind Mythos

We are now in our twelfth year publishing blogs here at UnbornMind Zen, a genuine mind-voyage in which we explore a vast array of subject matter pertinent to our core mission. It has slowly become evident over the years that what has been revealed in these sessions is a kind of Mythos in its own right. We have categories ranging from a wide variety of Sutra-studies to contemplative spiritualities such as offered by Dionysius the Areopagite, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and most especially the anonymous author of the Cloud of Unknowing; authentic Ch’an (Tozen) teachings leading into the mind and spirit of the masters themselves, like Bodhidharma, Huangbo, Dazhu Huihai, and the Unborn Mind teachings of Bankei Yōtaku himself. There are transcendental treks into unknown modes of being that stagger the imagination. Within Yogic parameters the Yogasūtras of Patañjali, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Ashtavakra Gita portray the ascetical discipline necessary in which to put to rest the appetite for carnal things within which the Unborn can be approached freely and unobstructed. The Lankavatarian Book of the Dead, The Tathāgatagarbhatārā Tantra, and Notes from the Iron Stupa comprises a Tantric Trilogy which encompasses Atiyoga, Mahayoga, and Anuyoga all highlighting elements of Sacred Tantra, the Bardo Realms, and even Shamanistic (Chöd) components that altogether constitute transcending the skandhic potpourri and stimulating the direct Primordial Ascendency of the Unborn. Doctrinal series like The Awakening of Faith and The True Lion’s Roar of Queen Śrīmālā depict sound Mahayana Principles that highlight the unique position of the Unborn in terms of Tathagata-garbha formulations. The Unborn I Ching series explores certain Divine-aspects of Divination, which accompanied by an earlier sister series that also highlighted aspects of divination that was nuanced with Tozen’s splendid early teachings on the Unborn, The Dragon Mind of Zen Tarot. Indeed, divination if approached from a transcendent angle accompanied with Right Gnosis reveals how the abiding primordial functions of the Unborn can be a constant companion and mentor on the spiritual journey. You will also discover here a new Reiki modality.  We have modes of praxis which we practice regularly, including our own rite: The Divine Liturgy of Vajrasattva. UnbornMind Zen is also proud to present two published seminal works, Tozen’s majestic and unparalleled Dharmakaya Sutra (2006) and my own Dhammapada in Light of the Unborn, an early work penned in 2002 highlighting all the principles we celebrate here in these many blogs—it is a form of word-key that if faithfully studied and utilized will provide a quick resource and guide to the very heart of Tathagatagarbha Zen. All of these are but a few of the 100+ series we offer here at UnbornMind Zen, a veritable storehouse of Noble Wisdom encapsulating thousands of pages devoted to the Buddhadharma—all of this bracketed by the spirit of the Prajnaparamita. read more

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The essence of the single-taste is a singular delight!

The essence of the single-taste is a singular delight! From the cradle of the Unborn Buddha Mind it issues a fragrance likened unto a fresh raindrop settling into some primordial forest–untouched from defiling fingers. Soaring into the incalculable heights on a vast magic carpet of the Void one settles into great intuitive resourcefulness that is free from all illusory projections. In the end one produces nothing but the silent splendor of the concealed principle that transcends the four antinomies [is, is not, both, neither]. And upon awakening one will not find it strange. read more

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The Single-Taste

Chapter Seven: The Tathagatagarbha

This chapter tells the story of how the Store-House of the Tathāgatas (Tathagatagarbha) is the Essence of the One True Dharma. All other dharmas partake in this one single-taste. read more

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The Vajrasamādhi Sutra


Our next text for study from our sūtra-series is the Vajrasamādhi Sūtra. Firstly, a thank-you is in order for one of our readers, JB, who recently brought this magnificent text to our attention. We are also indebted to Robert E. Buswell, Jr. for his excellent scholarly texts, The Formation of Ch’an Ideology in China and Korea, The Vajrasamādhi Sūtra—A Buddhist Apocryphon; and his Cultivating Original Enlightenment: Wŏnhyo’s Exposition of The Vajrasamādhi Sutra. His first work focuses on the doctrinal and historical position of this uniquely “Korean” Ch’an-Sŏn Sutra. (1) Buswell draws the conclusion that the Sutra’s author (circa 685 C.E.) was the legendary monk, ŏmnang, who is reported to have studied under Daoxin, the primary founder of the East Mountain School. As we shall discover within this series its doctrinal and contemplative/meditative dimensions are highly attuned with the East Mountain School—particularly on the notion of “Keeping the One”—Shou-i: read more

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